Joan M. Hancock / 1934-2009

Published 8:18 pm Friday, August 14, 2009

Joan M. Hancock, age 75, of Niles, passed away Friday, Aug. 14, 2009 of natural causes.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola, Ind.

Friends may also call one hour prior to the 2 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola, Ind. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Joan was born Feb. 18, 1934 to the late Leroy and Blanche (Gans) Hite in South Bend, Ind.
On Oct. 3, 1953, Joan was married to Norman L. Hancock Jr. in South Bend, Ind. He preceded her in death, passing away Aug. 5, 2004.
She was also preceded in death by five brothers; Kenny, Tom, Earl, Frank, and Leroy Hite and her sister, Mildred Runnells.
Surviving are her children, Kenneth and Annette Hancock of Mishawaka, Ind., Robert Hancock of Haltom City, Texas, and Sherri Rhodes of Niles. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Ashlee and Heather, Cory and Adam, along with one great-grandson Tyler; her brothers, Russell Hite of Niles and James
and Helen Hite of Mishawaka, Ind. and her sisters, Joyce and Gene Okonski of Mishawaka, Ind. and Sylvia Knight of Niles.
Joan was employed for many years as a cashier and in the cosmetics department of Hook¹s (CVS) Drugs. In her retirement, she enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, especially Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr.
Joan also loved her faithful companions; her cats Callie and Nikie. She also loved spending time with and focusing on her children, and grandchildren.
Online condolences may be sent to the Hancock family at
Arrangements were by Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola, Ind.